Directory Celebrants in Christchurch
You can have the romantic wedding of your dreams.
Traditional, Celtic, Spiritual, Polynesian or Oriental. You can have prayers, poems and readings - indoors or out in the Sunshine. I’m an Irish New Zealander and I love the flexibility NZ law allows.
My Job: During the ceremony it’s my job to ensure that together you are at your very best - smiling, relaxed and in-the-moment. It’s also my job to see that your guests are relaxed, happy and enthralled by a ceremony they are part of. When we meet we can talk about this and why it shows in my reviews and why it will show in the photographs of your wedding.
Photographs: I won’t use yours to advertise and the above are stock images. When a wedding feels right then everything else follows including your photographs. Besides 180+ reviews by happy couples are a better guide.
Visiting NZ: I can make most of the arrangements and many of my weddings are arranged via skype.
Registry style: If time or money are issues you can have a fun but ‘Registry Office style’ wedding at my House & Garden
on the hills overlooking Christchurch.
Press quotes: From the: Best weddings of the week:
Kate and Jason said: Sean was amazing, we would recommend him to anyone, easy to deal with & he helped everyone relax,
especially Jason and the groomsmen.
Leonie & Dena said: Sean brought solemnity, humour and joy to our nuptials. He included our UK friends who Skyped into
the ceremony at 3:30am!
For a no-obligation enquiry push the ‘Enquire by Email’ button and if you have fixed the date include it along with your phone number - I’d love to talk about your special wedding Ceremony.
My husband and I recently got married and it was such a perfect day. Sean Joyce was our celebrant and we feel as though he really contributed to providing the best ceremony.
We met with Sean a few times throughout the whole process. He was always keen to meet up, was very efficient, professional, very informative and experienced. He also did a very good job at keeping everyone in line at the rehearsal and advising what they need to do.
Before our ceremony started, Sean was keeping my husband’s nerves down by showing his great sense of humor to him and our guests before my bridal party and I arrived.
Sean, thank you so much for being our celebrant on such an important and special day of our lives. We will definitely be recommending you.
Marie and Nick Hurst
Wedding Date: April 7, 2017
We chose Sean to be our celebrant. What a great decision that was. Sean was patient, insightful, experienced, and he has a great sense of humor.
Sean sat down with us and walked us through the whole process (numerous times), advised us of what to do (and sometimes what not to do), and made us feel calm and at ease on the day.
I would recommend Sean highly to be your marriage celebrant.
Wedding Date: February 25, 2017
We knew Sean was perfect from our first meeting with his wonderful sense of humour, love and passion for his work, and amazing Irish accent! He endlessly helpful assisting us in planning our ceremony, choosing readings, and didn’t bat an eye even when we changed our plans 100 times. On the day, Sean put everyone at ease and conducted the ceremony with warmth, professionalism and just the right amount of humour. We had so many comments afterwards how fantastic he was and we’re only sorry he couldn’t have stayed for the reception! Thank you Sean for being such a huge part of our wedding - it was the best day of our lives and you made it just perfect Highly highly recommended.
Wedding Date: February 20, 2017
if your searching for a marriage celebrant for your wedding, look no further. Sean Joyce is the man for the job. He made our wedding so special and we can’t thank him enough. Sean put us at ease from the first meeting we had with him. He has an amazing sense of humour, a lovely Irish accent, is sincere and goes that extra mile to make your wedding ceremony special. He offers fantastic advise and makes the whole planning process simple. His professionalism,wit and charm was the icing on the cake.
Sean, Murray and I cannot Thank you enough for making our ceremony so beautiful.x
Wedding Date: January 14, 2017
Sean was a fun and enjoyable celebrant to have for our wedding. He made us feel relaxed and made the ceremony fun and filled with laughter and joy. I highly recommend Sean for anyone seeking a celebrant who is relaxed and willing to thoroughly work with the request of the bride and groom.
Thankyou again Sean
Wedding Date: December 26, 2016
Sean was our celebrant for our wedding. He did an amazing job. He helped make the ceremony a relaxed event with lots of laughter. Our guests kept commenting how much they enjoyed the ceremony. We can’t recommend Sean enough. He helped make our day amazing!
Wedding Date: December 17, 2016
Sean was an amazing participant to our wedding, he made us relax and enjoy the ceremony and I could not recommend him enough. On your wedding day there are enough stresses to worry about, but we had a few extras thrown in, Sean helped us forget about it all and relish the moment.
Wedding Date: November 26, 2016
We couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant. Sean really made the ceremony special and all the guests commented on how great he was. He perfectly tailored the ceremony to suit our personality and made it a beautiful and fun ceremony that made it enjoyable for everyone. We would recommend him to anyone.
Wedding Date: November 19, 2016
I’d seen Sean at a couple of other weddings, so when my husband and I started planning ours we didn’t even bother looking around at other celebrants, we knew exactly who we wanted!
Sean was amazing., he was extremely helpful and made us feel a lot more relaxed (which was super helpful for me as I’m easily stressed!). He got many laughs from the guests, they all loved him!
I don’t think our day would’ve been the same without him, I will definitely be recommending him to everyone!
Wedding Date: October 24, 2015
We wanted a Celebrant that would make our Ceremony a success, so when we saw Sean’s reviews we were very interested.
He was very flexible with meeting times, was warm and made it clear he was available to meet up and go over whatever we needed. We’re both “time-poor” though, and he was also able to work with that.
Sean is quirky and funny, but also incredibly knowledgeable about weddings and thinks of the finer details. I knew that I could just turn up , walk down the aisle, and no matter what happened he was prepared.
The Ceremony was beautiful, the perfect length, and everyone commented about how funny,loving but meaningful it was. He accommodated our Sand Ceremony and prayer from my parents, and gave suggestions for wording during the Ceremony and Readings.
We were rapt with Sean as our Celebrant.
Wedding Date: April 23, 2016
sean was great, we wanted a very low key wedding and it was great. he let us use his home. he came to our house to go over what we wanted and is was great, he was flexible and kind. we didnt leave him much time to actually do it but it was perfect. would reccomend.
michael and pagan macdonald
Wedding Date: July 30, 2016
Sean was our marriage celebrant for our small and simple legal wedding in Christchurch. He was accommodating with our wishes and was able to provide great guidance prior and during the whole ceremony. He was also able to involve our relatives who were Skyping in from the other side of the world. He was a pivotal part in making it a memorable day for us.
Wedding Date: July 16, 2016
Our wedding was organised in just 2 months (yikes).
Sean made us feel comfortable and relaxed upon our first meeting regarding the big day. He laid out the various options and helped with a good overview for everything.
On the day Sean was very funny and it all went smoothly
One thing Shawn had said that helped me alot was to remember to take it all in and hug and kiss my bride to be as its all over before you know it.
We wholeheartedly recommend Shawn as a competent and well practiced celebrant
Wedding Date: April 30, 2016
Sean is a great celebrant very well organised. He gave us lots of advice. Our ceremonies was nice, funny, easy with no stress. I would definitely recommend him.
Wedding Date: March 19, 2016
We would highly recommend Sean as a marriage celebrant. From the first time we met over skype Sean made us feel relaxed and excited about our wedding. He was professional and flexible, meeting us for coffee to have a catch up with how things were going. We had a vision for our wedding to be a day of celebration with lots of love and laughter and Sean helped to create this perfectly during the ceremony. We were so impressed and throughout the day, night and next day guests were commenting on how awesome he was. No-one was more impressed though than my dad, who sent Sean an email to thank him. These were his words and I think it is a great review for Sean from the perspective of the father of the bride:
“The key to a successful event is to start off on the right footing, you certainly facilitated that on the 5th Feb at my daughter’s wedding.
Relaxed, humorous, solemn, happy, enjoyable, emotional and memorable. You stitched all these facets together seamlessly. You must have done it before!
This theme and tempo continued for the rest of the day until the early hours.
Simply thank you for a wonderful ceremony”
Wedding Date: February 5, 2016
Sean’s wisdom and humour made our special day perfect. He is professional and well prepared and made an effort to understand what we wanted for our ceremony.
Thank you Sean
Wedding Date: May 28, 2016
We could not have picked a better celebrant. Dealing with Sean prior to the wedding was so easy and relaxed and very flexible. He has a great sense of humour which really fitted us as a couple yet made all of the official more serious moments memorable also.
We had so many guests at our wedding comment about Sean, saying it was one of the best ceremonies they had been too. Sean really knows how to engage and include your guests.
We couldn’t of been more happy. Thank you so much Sean for kicking off our happily ever after
Wedding Date: April 16, 2016
Sean is an amazing celebrant and just an overall genuine person. He went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect. I highly recommend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wedding Date: May 7, 2016
From the moment we met Sean he made us feel comfortable and relaxed and was easy to talk to which was very important to us. Sean is very professional and has a wealth of knowledge about wedding ceremonies from his years of experience as a marriage celebrant. He helped us with ideas for poems and readings, examples of wedding vows etc. What would we have done without him!
Before our wedding Sean made himself available to meet with us from time to time and was very helpful in making sure we were on track with our planning.
Both of us being nervous speakers, we had no intentions of writing our own vows but Sean gave us the confidence to do so. We felt like writing our own vows made our wedding even more special and personal to us.
Our friends and family loved our ceremony, saying how relaxed and fun it was. So many people commented on how great Sean was and loved his sense of humour.
Thank you Sean for such a special and memorable day!
Ashleigh & Luke Glanville
Wedding Date: November 14, 2015
Sean made us feel very comfortable when my husband was very uneasy about standing and speaking in front of people for the ceremony. This was very important for us, so we are pleased that we chose Sean.
He was very willing to meet with us when we wanted to and his process/questions that he ran through with us in the meetings were a good guide to understand how we wanted the ceremony to be. It also prompted some questions and ideas that we hadn’t yet thought of. He has also has a great amount of knowledge with his experience of being a celebrant.
We enjoyed Sean’s humour throughout the process as we are both relatively laid back people.
We were fortunate that Sean knew the venue already and on the day he was absolutely fantastic. Plenty of people commented on how they enjoyed the ceremony.
The ceremony for us was the thing that we were both dreading the most, but on the day and now looking back we have both agreed that it was our favourite part of the day.
It was filled with so many emotions, love, laughter and Sean was the person that really created that vibe for us.
Thank you Sean!
Wedding Date: March 24, 2016
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